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Mustard-crusted pork chops with caramelised apple rings

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“Comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love” No, not from a Shakespeare sonnet but, surprisingly, from the Bible (Song of Solomon 2:5, to  be exact) – a book more filled with food and drink references than you’d think.  It’s a very evocative phrase, and one of great beauty – so much so that […]

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Foul mudammas – fava beans with garlic, lemon juice & olive oil

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  What’s in a name? Maybe we should ask some of the big companies that experienced translation problems with their products in recent years. Consider, for example… … the Mitsubishi Pajero.  These 4×4 vehicles were all the rage in South Africa’s moneyed classes in the mid-1990s.  But in Spanish slang, pajero is a term for a […]

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Chickpea and chorizo stew

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Wouldn’t it be good if life could always be as simple as it is on holiday? No panic about switching off the alarm and going back to sleep for an hour. No having to make sandwiches for lunch in the morning while you are still half asleep. No energy-sapping commute with miserable fellow-commuters. No worrying about […]

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Salmon tagliatelle and a Cirio product review

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Sometimes, only comfort food will do. Maybe it’s the windy, rainy weather.  Maybe it was the rather stressful Friday and Saturday I spent co-ordinating a training seminar for nearly 100 people in Croydon last weekend.  Or the nasty tummy bug I had 3 days earlier… Whatever the reason, last Monday when I got home from work, the […]

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